Webinar: Distressed Assets: Navigating M&A Opportunities and Challenges in the Cannabis Space

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Global Go invites you to join us for our cannabis webinar, “Distressed Assets: Navigating M&A Opportunities and Challenges in the Cannabis Space” Wednesday, August 26th at 12:00 pm (PST) / 3:00 pm (EST).

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a mixed impact on the cannabis industry.  While cannabis sales have generally increased during the pandemic, some small to medium sized companies have suffered from cash flow and liquidity problems caused by the resurgence of unlicensed operators and collapse of capital markets.  Meanwhile, many larger operators have dominated the headlines with shareholder settlements, disputes and high interest rate loans to tray and stay afloat.  In the wake of these difficulties, merger and acquisition opportunities abound and significant consolidation in the market is expected.

This panel offers expert advice for cannabis companies on both the sell and buy side that are considering mergers and acquisitions during these unprecedented times, with special focus on the unique challenges posed in acquiring and selling distressed cannabis assets, including issues related to licensing, access to capital, bankruptcy, supply chains, and due diligence.

Host, Paul Rosen, Executive Chairman, Global Go

Rosen is an early pioneer in the globalized cannabis industry, having been a co-founder of PharmaCanCapital Corp and served as its first CEO and President. Under Rosen’s leadership, PharmaCan/Cronos Group acquired ownership interests in a number of the initial cannabis licenses awarded in Canada and was the 3rd cannabis company to go public in Canada. Rosen sat on the board of iAnthus Capital Holdings, a multistate operator of cannabis assets in the United States and has advised and/or invested in more than 150 companies in the cannabis industry.

Keynote, Andrew DeAngelo, President, DeAngelo Brothers Productions

Andrew DeAngelo is a visionary leader with a proven track record of enacting systemic social change and developing best practices for the cannabis industry. During his 13-year tenure at Harborside, Andrew has pioneered legal cannabis business processes and provided groundbreaking political engagement and thought leadership to the cannabis community.

Andrew led the design and development of gold-standard cannabis retail by innovating many “firsts” for the industry, including introducing CBD medicines to heal severely epileptic children as documented in Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars, implementing the first lab-testing program in cannabis dispensing, and successfully working to prevent the federal government from seizing Harborside in forfeiture actions against the company in 2012. Andrew is also a founding Board of Directors member of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA), the premier cannabis industry trade association in California, where he served from 2013 to 2020 building the organization from zero to 500 member companies.

Andrew Deangelo


Tomas Ortiz

Moderator, Tomas Ortiz, Counsel, Zuber-Lawler & Del Duca

Tomas Ortiz focuses on bankruptcy proceedings and other commercial litigation.  Mr. Ortiz possesses over 21 years of experience as a bankruptcy trial lawyer. He has also represented clients in real estate and commercial litigation; title disputes; landlord-tenant disputes; and insurance defense, including coverage and bad faith.

Mr. Ortiz also has significant transactional experience, representing clients in connection with corporate dissolutions, loan workouts, restructuring and reorganization.  Mr. Ortiz frequently lectures and writes on bankruptcy and real estate topics.

Rob Slingerland

Panelist, Rob Slingerland, Former CDO, Canndescent, Currently Restructuring Consultant to Large Cannabis Investor

Rob Slingerland advises select cannabis clients on strategy, finance, corporate development, capital raising and restructuring. Currently, Rob is spending most of his time spearheading the restructuring of a vertically integrated cannabis operation in receivership on behalf of a large investor/creditor.

Rob recently served as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Canndescent where he led Canndescent’s multi-state expansion effort and signed deals for acquisitions in MA, MI and NV.  Canndescent has built one of the premium brands in the cannabis industry and has a leading position in the California market. Rob also negotiated and structured multiple licencing and partnership deals and played an instrumental role in Canndescent’s recent capital raise.

Meital Manzuri

Panelist, Meital Manzuri, Esq., Managing Partner, Manzuri Law

Meital Manzuri, is the managing partner for Manzuri Law and was recently named as one of the top cannabis attorneys nationwide due to her expert knowledge and experience.

Leading a profound team of cannabis attorneys, Meital has been trailblazing cannabis legal issues since she founded the firm in 2010.  As one of the first cannabis business attorneys in California, Meital has earned a prominent reputation for her dedication to excellence in advising commercial cannabis businesses on a myriad of issues, including licensing strategy, corporate formation, and regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, joint ventures, M&A, best business practices and criminal defense.

Aaron Riley

Panelist, Aaron Riley, CEO, Cannasafe

Aaron Riley is the owner and CEO of CannaSafe, the first ISO accredited cannabis testing lab in the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from Jacksonville University, where he earned his way through college on a football scholarship.

Aaron is a well-respected subject matter expert in the field of cannabis and hemp safety testing and appeared twice on NBC Nightly News to shed light on the breaking vaping health “crisis” (EVALI). He remains active in cannabis and hemp regulation and frequently participates in discussions with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC). Aaron has become a fervent and outspoken advocate for social equity and consumer safety issues.

Michael Gruber

Panelist, Michael Gruber

Michael has close to 25 years of experience working with early stage investments, particularly in the information technology, financial services, energy, and agriculture sectors. He is a founding Partner of Independence Equity, a committed venture capital fund focused on investments focused on improving resource utilization and previously served as Director at Taproot Ventures, an early stage investment affiliate of The Harbour Group, an investment holding company with assets under management exceeding $1.5 Billion.

Michael has become active in the cannabis business as both an advisor, mentor, investor, and speaker, and leverages his experience across technology, financial services, agriculture, and energy, all which are crucial within the cannabis industry.  Mr. Gruber has advised capital providers and families in allocating capital to the sector and in the acquisition and sale of assets as well as cannabis companies raising growth capital.

In lieu of a webinar registration fee, we will be encouraging each attendee make a $100 donation to the Last Prisoners Project. The Last Prisoners Project is a non-profit organization, which aims to free and re-integrate everyone incarcerated for cannabis related offenses into mainstream society. We are proud to support this organization for our Global Go Connect webinar!

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About Global Go

Global Go provides sophisticated consulting services to the global cannabis and hemp industry.  In tandem with strategic allies around the world, Global Go serves clients throughout the world from offices in Bogota, Chicago, Desert Hot Springs, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.   Powered by a team of cannabis industry pioneers and world-class consultants, Global Go helps leading cannabis funds and companies assess and enter new markets; acquire assets; raise capital; launch new product lines; improve SOPs; comply with regulations; implement technology and security systems; find talent; diagnose and execute solutions to growth obstacles; and apply for cannabis licenses (with a 99% success rate on over 150 cannabis license applications across the United States).  Learn more at https://globalgo.consulting.